Mrs Christie Ley
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Mrs Hayley Christopher
Miss Sophie Hall
Our KRP – Through the Ages
In the Through the Ages project, your child will learn about three different periods of British prehistory: the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age. They will discover terminology relating to time and sequence dates to make a timeline. They explore the changes to people, homes and lifestyle throughout the different periods and investigate examples of prehistoric settlements, monuments, burials and artefacts in detail. They will also study how technology improved over time, including how the discovery of different metals changed the way that people lived.
To ensure full curriculum coverage we will have companion projects in Science, Geography, Art and DT that will sit alongside this topic.
- PE is Monday – please ensure your child comes to school in their PE kit.
- Please bring a clearly labelled water bottle to school every day.
- Please label all clothing.
- The homework grid will be sent out but will also be available on Google classroom. This contains optional curriculum project activities that can be completed at home if you wish.
- Please upload any homework onto Google classroom.
- Please read at home daily and record this in your child’s reading record. Reading independently, reading together and across a variety of genres are all beneficial, as are audio books.
- Times tables facts – By the end of Year 4, pupils should have memorised their multiplication tables up to and including the 12 times table. Please practise these regularly as part of the weekly homework. Practise the tables that are found most difficult.
Along with focusing on grammar, spelling, handwriting and reading skills, we will be writing narratives, instructions, traditional tales, persuasive adverts and Cinquains. We continue to use a Talk for Writing approach to our learning which has three stages to it: imitation, innovation and finally independence. Much of our writing will be cross curricular and we will be continuing to transfer skills learnt in English, to other curriculum areas.
Linked text: Our new class book is Stig of the Dump written by Clive King. The Thing sitting in the corner seemed to be interested. It got up and moved towards Barney, into the light. Barney was glad to see it was Somebody after all. Funny way to dress though, he thought, rabbit-skins round the middle and no shoes or socks.
Barney spends a lot of time by himself, and often goes wandering off alone. One day he is exploring by the edge of an old chalk-pit, when it gives way. Finding himself in some sort of cave, Barney is astonished to discover a 'somebody' living there: somebody with a lot of shaggy hair and two bright black eyes, wearing a rabbit skin and speaking in grunts.
Barney names him Stig, and the two quickly become best friends. Of course nobody believes Barney when he tells his family all about Stig. But Barney doesn't care. He and Stig are far too busy having a brilliant series of unforgettable adventures.
We will follow the White Rose Year 3 units for learning this subject. This term we will be focusing on Place Value, Addition and Subtraction and Multiplication and Division . The Schemes of learning will be uploaded onto Google Classroom should you wish to find out more.
This term our unit is Animal Nutrition and the Skeletal/Muscular Systems. This project teaches children about the importance of nutrition for humans and other animals. They learn about the role of a skeleton and muscles and identify animals with different types of skeleton.
Art and Design & Design Technology
During Art this term, we will be following Contrast and Complement unit. This project teaches children about colour theory by studying the colour wheel and colour mixing. It includes an exploration of tertiary colours, warm and cool colours, complementary colours and analogous colours, and how artists use colour in their artwork. In Autumn 2, in DT we will be following the Cook Well, Eatwell unit. This project teaches children about food groups and the Eatwell guide. They learn about methods of cooking and explore these by cooking potatoes and ratatouille. The children choose and make a taco filling according to specific design criteria.
This term, we will sing a call and respond song in groups, play melodic and rhythmic accompaniments to a song and listen and identify where notes in the melody of the song go up and down. We will also be working hard to rehearse our Harvest Festival and Christmas nativity performance songs.
History and Geography
During Autumn 1, we will focus on History where the children will learn about three different periods of British prehistory: the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age. They will discover terminology relating to time and sequence dates to make a timeline. They explore the changes to people, homes and lifestyle throughout the different periods and investigate examples of prehistoric settlements, monuments, burials and artefacts in detail. In Autumn 2 we will be following our Geography unit, One Planet, Our World. This essential skills and knowledge project teaches children to locate countries and cities, and use grid references, compass points and latitude and longitude. They learn about the layers of the Earth and plate tectonics and discover the five major climate zones. They learn about significant places in the United Kingdom and carry out fieldwork to discover how land is used in the locality.
ICT will be used throughout all the other subject areas to enhance the children's understanding and for research purposes. Children will be encouraged to use ICT as a tool for furthering their understanding in other curriculum areas. This term in Computing we will follow the ‘Digital Learning Cornwall’ units Events and Actions and Sequence in Music.
This half term, we will study the question, ‘How do festivals and family life show what matters to Jewish people?’. After half term we will then move onto study the question ‘What do Christians learn from the creation story?’
This half term in PE we will be following a multi skills unit. The children will explore static balancing and understand the concept of bases, combine a number of coordination drills, using upper and lower body movements, aim a variety of balls and equipment accurately, travel in different ways, showing clear transitions between movements, travel in different directions (side to side, up and down) with control and fluency and to practise ABC (agility, balance and coordination) at circuit stations.
We follow a structured plan from our SCARF units. This term the units we are following are ‘Me and My Relationships’ and ‘Valuing Differences’. In Autumn 1 we will address rules, identifying special people, qualities of friendships, considering others’ points of view and appropriate boundaries in friendships. After half term, we will be focusing on listening skills, recognising there are many different types of families, identifying our communities, knowing that people living in the UK have different origins and celebrating our differences.
In Year 3 we will be learning French. We will be starting with ‘Getting to Know You’ and ‘All about me’ units.